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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Summer 2017 CCS period 1 opens

Collaborative Class Scheduling (CCS) in PeopleSoft will be available Tuesday, September 27 for May/summer 2017 (1175) class schedule production. The following resources for scheduling courses are available:

Fall final exam room scheduling

Fall 2016 final exam room scheduling will begin soon. OCM only assigns final exam classrooms for classes that meet in general purpose classrooms. Final exams for classes that meet in departmental spaces need to be scheduled within their respective departments.

Send an email to ocmsched@umn.edu with any class sections that do not require a classroom during finals week. Use “Fall 2016 Final Exam” for the subject line and include the course and section number(s) in the body of the email.

Please note that there is a new Final Exam Change Request form. This form resides on the newly designed ASR website. The form has been improved, and replaces ASR forms 123 and 163.

Save the dates for Scheduling U

All schedulers are encouraged to attend Scheduling U this fall to learn about new information regarding scheduling. Sessions will be held November 14-18, 2016. Offerings will take place on both Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. More details will be announced soon.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

CCS consultations

If you are a trained Collaborative Class Scheduling (CCS) scheduler who would like a personalized session with one of the ASR trainers, just say the word. CCS can be a thorny, complicated system. The training team is happy to help with wait lists, prerequisites, combined sections, how ECAS and CCS interact, multiple component setup, using Astra Schedule, grading, and/or any other parts of the system that will allow you to understand it more fully.

To schedule an individual session, contact ASR Training & Support at 612-625-2803 or srhelp@umn.edu.

Roll forward for May/summer session 2017 (1175)

Class data entered into CCS rolls forward from the same term in the previous year (e.g., fall 2016 to fall 2017) as a convenience to schedulers. We will roll forward the May/summer session 2017 (1175) on Monday, September 12. This happens two weeks prior to CCS Initial Build Open period to allow for data clean up behind the scenes.

As a reminder, classes with the following criteria will not roll forward:
  • Cancelled sections
  • Tentative sections
  • Topics classes
  • Classes with zero enrollment for the last 2 like terms (excluding directed studies and research)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Welcome to fall 2016!

Summer classroom renovations and updates
Several general purpose classrooms received environment or technology updates during the summer, including the following:

  • Major renovations in Mondale 3, 5, and 7 including new furnishings and technology features. 
  • The Blegen auditoriums, rooms 5 and 10, received new acoustical wall panels for improved audio performance.
  • New chairs were placed in a variety of classrooms as part of a planned lifecycle renewal update.
  • Technology feature upgrades were completed in more than 70 rooms.  Room features can be found on the room inventory page.
    • Improvements included: wide-screen video projectors, HDMI input cables, and document cameras. Instructor microphones and class capture cameras were also added to select classrooms.
  • Four more Computer lab classrooms were added to the inventory and are supported in partnership with the Office of Information Technology.


Tate Laboratory of Physics on the East Bank remains offline for renovation and the classes that would have met in Tate have been shifted to other locations. The majority of Physics and Astronomy department classes were moved to the West Bank during construction and this continues to have a ripple effect, impacting course sections across the entire Minneapolis campus classroom inventory. The newly renovated John T. Tate Hall is expected to return to full use by fall semester 2017.

Remember to locate your classroom assignment

Room assignments for fall 2016 are available on the Class Schedule. Please note: room assignments are subject to change prior to the start of term. While this usually only affects a small number of classes, verify your classroom assignment before the first class meeting. If you have specific questions about your room assignment, contact your department scheduling coordinator.

Resource for classroom searches

The General Purpose Classroom Search allows you to view the classroom inventory. You can filter by campus, building, capacity, and/or feature. You can also view room details, including capacities, layout, photo, links to campus maps, and room schedule.
Classroom technology instructions and videos

The classroom technology instructions for each building provide a list of equipment and additional features, as well as a representative image of the instructor station in each classroom. Orientation is available upon request for those who want to learn more about the technology features. For any questions, contact OCM Classroom Support.

ADA table and chairs

All OCM classrooms are equipped with ADA compliant tables and chairs as a standard feature. We work with Disability Resource Center to accommodate student needs and ask for your help in assuring its proper use.

Contact us 

OCM is available to help with any questions, concerns, or comments regarding general purpose classrooms or central student study spaces. Contact us via the Classroom Support Hotline at 612-625-1086 or classrm@umn.edu.

OCM staff are available for classroom and scheduling-related calls Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Messages left at the hotline are monitored by an on-call manager after hours.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Community-Engaged Learning course attribute

A new Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) course attribute is now available. It identifies courses that incorporate community-engaged learning pedagogies. An initial list of courses was identified by the Office for Public Engagement to use the attribute. In the future, these courses will be approved and identified in ECAS.
You will be able to add the attribute to any course that contains community-based learning experiences and meets the CEL attribute standards that have been approved by the Senate Committee on Educational Policy. The attribute was developed in response to students’ growing interest in academic courses that contain community-based learning experiences. In addition, the CEL attribute provides a means to systematically collect data on the number and frequency of community-engaged learning offerings across the five campuses.
To learn more about the attribute, and to view definitions of the attribute values, visit the CEL Attribute website.